Briefing Paper

Electing the Next Judges of the International Criminal Court: Principles and Essential Skills

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Date
October 17, 2020
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This year the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) will elect six new judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) from a pool of 20 candidates. ICC judges play a critical role in securing the institution’s long-term health: managing its proceedings well, authoring timely and authoritative jurisprudence, and providing an overall sense of mission and purpose. To that end, ensuring that the elected judges are of the highest caliber and integrity is crucial. 

This briefing paper urges states to:

  1. engage genuinely with the Advisory Committee on the Nomination of Judges’ (ACN) final report and be guided by its conclusions;
  2. prioritize merit-based considerations in advance of the elections, bearing in mind essential skills and qualities required for ICC judges; and
  3. avoid harmful practices like vote trading and campaigning. 


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